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We're 120% funded! BONUS ROUND 2! 
If we get up to $13000, we'll serve fancy wiener apps at the party! Here we go!
We're taking Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs into the word of Film!
We're taking Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs into the word of Film!
133 backers pledged CA$ 12,350 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to you, we're 120% Funded! ***BONUS ROUND TWO***

Propeller Coffee Co. and Roastery!! You made it happen - mad thanks!!! http://propellercoffee-events.squarespace.com

But doesn't everyone want gourmet weiner apps at a film debut party? 
$800 to go, and your dreams will come true!

How?

1. Top up your existing pledge to $100 or more and receive 2 tickets to the film premiere!

2. If you haven't pledged, go for it! This is going to be one great night

Don't miss out!

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Thanks to you, we're 100% Funded!
***BONUS ROUND TIME***

We are thrilled to say that we are SUPER close to locking in one of the best event spaces in Toronto (BlogTO - Top 10 event spaces!) for the premiere of our film! Propeller Coffee Co. and Roastery!! Check it out here - http://propellercoffee-events.squarespace.com

A swanky night of good food, live performance and our film premier! What's it going got take? We're already so close to getting up to $11,500, and with the momentum and mad interest of the last three hours, for sure we can do it!

How? 

1. Top up your existing pledge to $100 or more and receive 2 tickets to the film premiere!

2. If you haven't pledged, go for it! This is going to be one great night

Don't miss out!

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Say What?

Classical music film!? Do people do that? Yes! 

It's a way of taking this beautiful music and bringing it to a whole new level of expression.

The Hermit Songs is a group of 10 classical songs written in 1953 by the American composer Samuel Barber. We are recording these songs with the very talented, award winning sound engineer and producer Earl McCluskie. 

This is our recording of "The Desire for Hermitage"  (Hermit Songs #10):          

With your help, we're going to take these exceptional 20 minutes of music with their ancient poetry, and the inspiring themes of beauty, contemplation, scandal and religion, and create a beautiful and moving music film.

Who are we?

If you don't already know us, we're musicians/artists linked together by time and creativity... 

Shayne and Natasha first met in high school in 19*% ( a while ago) where Shayne played guitar, and Natasha sang Bridge over Troubled Water like it was her national anthem. Shayne and Natasha parted ways attending different university programs for music, and sadly lost touch because...well, facebook hadn't been invented yet. 

Shayne became a professional classical guitarist, later travelling to Germany and Spain to continue his music and years later re-emerging in Toronto as a photographer. Natasha became a professional classical singer...sang and sang and sang, had a couple of babies, stopped singing for a while and then moved to Kitchener Waterloo to...yep, sing again. 

Heidi, a beautiful professional classical pianist, met Natasha during a performance of Carmina Burana where Heidi was 2 of 4 hands and Natasha was singing high, high d's! There was some serious musical respect happening, and they decided to start working together. 

One day Natasha was looking at the beautiful new photos and promo video on Heidi's website, and realized with glee that it was Shayne who had taken them. (I know! I love this part) Since then, the three have been collaborating and working together to bring this project to life.

You can find out more about us here:

Shayne - www.shaynegray.com                                                                                         
-GQ Brazil & British Vogue. Clients include IKEA & YTV

Heidi - www.heidiwall.ca                                                                                                                    -Two Time CMC Gold Medalist featured on the Etcetera label

Natasha - www.natashacampbell.ca                                                                                              -2nd Place winner of the 23rd Annual National Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition

Film Fun Facts!

  • It will feature our recording of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs 
  • It will be beautiful and abstract
  • It will be 20 minutes in length
  • It will explore the passage of time and how it relates to nature, humanity, and perception; age, understanding...even the beauty of paper becoming paper crane...
  • The main character will be a very old and beautiful gnarly tree 
  • Natasha and Heidi will be performing as themselves!

...and we absolutely promise to send you sneak peak footage, and updates along the way!

We need you!

Like all Kickstarter campaigns, this is all or nothing.  We need to meet our goal of $10,000 or we don't get to keep a cent, - eek!  and the film can't happen -Boo!   

We'll be using the money we raise to pay for:

  • Music production, recording, licensing and editing 
  • Venue and piano rentals
  • Transportation
  • Equipment costs
  • Film production and rentals
  • Film editing & colour grading
  • Permits and a small production crew

Let's do this!

We can't tell you how excited we are to share with you what we create.  Thanks so much for checking out our campaign, supporting us, and being a part of this amazing project!

Risks and challenges

We know that there isn't ever a project that doesn't encounter difficulties. We plan on being as prepared and transparent (we'll give you updates!) as we can about any challenges that may arise. The biggest challenge and most important to us is getting your awards to you on time. Anything from equipment failures, sickness or even our ever eventful Canadian weather could add a bit of time onto our already tight schedule. However! We know that we are up to the challenge. No problem too great will stop us...and we'll get your rewards to you in the fastest time possible. Your patience and support will get us through!

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    An Mp3 of our recording of all 10 Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs

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    Our signed Thank You! on a groovy post card featuring Shayne's beautiful photography

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    A thank you in the film credits!

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    One half hour singing lesson with Natasha by Skype, or at her studio in Kitchener, ON

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    Two tickets to the private screening release party with live performance!

    A thank you in the credits!

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    Natasha will send a digital recording of her singing a song of your choice to the person of your choice - dedication included!

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    1 hour Head Shot session with Shayne in Toronto and 2 edited photos

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    Natasha and Heidi will perform for you at your private party or event (Within Southern Ontario)

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    Conceptional 2 hour photo session with Shayne in Toronto and 3 edited photos...levitation included! Check it out: http://www.shaynegray.com/toronto-photographer-creative/

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